Pittsburgh Restaurant Round-Up

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I’ve been eating a ton of meals out lately, probably because I have actually been home for a few weekends in a row (weird for me too, I know) as well as having nice weather that makes me actually want to leave the house. Pittsburgh from late November to mid-March just encourages hibernation.

Even though I’m allegedly a Pittsburgh blogger, I never really talk about my “hometown”. Or is it really just my current place of residence/birthplace and West Virginia is/was my true home? Enough existentialism for right now. Anyway, Pittsburgh truly has a pretty decent food scene for a city that puts fries on its salads.

These is just a smattering of some of the meals I’ve eaten at Pittsburgh restaurants in the past month – usually I totally forget to take a picture/don’t feel like taking a picture so this isn’t everything (obviously).

These are actually in chronological order.

Shady Grove – Veggie Powerhouse Salad
Angela had a hair appointment in Shadyside so we used it as an excuse to get our favorite salad from Shady Grove. Oh, and my little babe has a copycat Veggie Powerhouse Salad recipe on her blog today, too.

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My favorite salad in Pittsburgh – the Veggie Powerhouse from Shady Grove (with added chicken).

Smiling Banana Leaf – Grilled Eggplant Salad and Spicy Basil with Pork
There’s a lot of good Thai in Pittsburgh, especially BYOB Thai (which is actually I think all Thai here). One of my favorites is Smiling Banana Leaf. Angela, Erin and I went one night and relived prom night through Facebook photos and a bottle of wine.

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Grilled Eggplant Salad from Smiling Banana Leaf .

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12 mile run days mean I totally inhaled this Spicy Basil with Pork from Smiling Banana Leaf.

Mad Mex – Blackberry Rhubarb Margarita
I had a tramautic Thursday and also have a 21 day retox plan that called for a tequila drink so I bugged my dad to go to Mad Mex with me. I say Mad Mex is my favorite restaurant in Pittsburgh (even though it isn’t my favorite) because they always have good music and good margaritas and I’ve never had a bad time at Mad Mex, except for that time I got dumped at Mad Mex. And you know what? I think I still had a good time at Mad Mex that night. That’s a story for another day, though.

I also had a Grilled Mahi Mahi Salad which I always have. Un-pictured because I didn’t care.

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Ignore my grown out manicure/knife wound – a blackberry rhubarb margarita from my (loose term here) fave restaurant, Mad Mex.

Grit & Grace – Squid Salad, Chicken Meatball Ramen Bowl & Crispy Tofu
It’s funny to me that I’m now the local to my friends who grew up here and have escaped moved away. I hadn’t tried Grit & Grace yet, so my college roommate/sorority sister Courtney being home gave us a perfect excuse to go.

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Wine of unremembered provenance at Grit and Grace.

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Squid salad from Grit & Grace.

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Chicken Meatball Ramen from Grit and Grace.

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Crispy tofu with bok chou, mushrooms, and potentially rhubarb from Grit and Grace.

Hello Bistro – Make Your Own Salad
I don’t know what the hell I’ve been doing, but I hadn’t seen Kayla since the infamous Pittsburgh Marathon. (Actually, we’ve both been traveling.) I have Summer Fridays (i.e. I can leave at noon) so she met me for lunch in Southside. I literally threw everything in a bowl and asked them not to chop it or put on dressing because that’s key to not having a sucky salad.

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Literally everything I could put into a salad: salmon, peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, quinoa, avocado, craisins, who knows what else… from Hello Bistro.

Allegheny Coffee Company – Iced Lavender Chai Tea Latte
I wanted to get good quality coffee to cold brew coffee with Davida’s recipe. I was feeling a little sluggish and you have me at lavender anything, so I got a lavender chai tea latte. I dream of a day where everywhere will have almond milk. Until then, sometimes I have to drink soy.

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Iced Lavender Chai Tea Latte from Allegheny Coffee Company.

BRGR – Asparagus Panzanella Salad & King Salmon Burger
I’m about to get kind of dorky here: I’m experimenting with what I’m eating for recovery from long runs. I’ve not been recovering well – my muscles have been retaining water. So I looked up what I could eat to get rid of inflammation. I love salmon and that’s on the list so I have been eating a to of that and adding ginger to everything. Then Paige and I went and had ice cream that I devoured before I took a photo.

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Asparagus Panzanella Salad from BRGR.

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King Salmon Burger on a lettuce wrap at BRGR.

Capital Grille – Oysters & Halibut
I went with my dad and his friends to Capital Grille Monday night. (I’m so cool, I know.) We of course ate a bunch of oysters, I inhaled an un-pictured greens and herb salad then proceeded to eat an entire halibut, for the halibut (Dad joke).

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Oysters from Capital Grille.

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Halibut with artichokes, corn and potato at Capital Grille.

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Where are your favorite places to eat in your hometown? Where are your fave places to eat in Pittsburgh (if you’ve been here)?

18 comments on “Pittsburgh Restaurant Round-Up

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Jessie on June 4, 2014 8:12 am

Now I’m a Philly girl & we all know Philly & Pitt aren’t the BFF of cities but I will say all these restaurants you featured are looking pretty delicious!!

Favorite place in hometown: Well I grew up in a very tiny town. However this tiny town has a rocking pizza joint. I could actually go for one of their calzones right about now.. or even a cheesesteak!
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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on June 4, 2014 9:48 am

Alright it’s confirmed, I’m coming to Pittsburgh. You won me at fries on a salad….just kidding! All the eats look amazing but obvs it’s for you and Ang and Erin :)
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Lindsay on June 5, 2014 7:32 am

pick me up!! i want those oysters!
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Cassie on June 9, 2014 6:30 pm

Come visit and we can go to $1 oyster night!!

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on June 4, 2014 9:57 am

We both mentioned the Pittsburgh fries on salads, lol. It’s definitely an unfortunate thing. Actually the other day I was eating with my mom and Grandma and my mom was like “Why aren’t you ordering the salad??” and I was like “YO it only has iceberg lettuce and FRENCH FRIES.” I didn’t really say it like that, but I definitely used a smart aleck tone.
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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on June 4, 2014 11:22 am

I’m so horrible when it comes to eating out, mostly because my allergies kind of make it a pain in the ass and after one restaurant trip landed me in the hospital, I wasn’t quite willing to take more chances — too stressful!
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Alex @ Kenzie Life on June 4, 2014 12:17 pm

I’ve been to Pittsburgh once but it was years ago–back in 2006 I think and the only thing I remember is eating at a Cheesecake Factory :( However, I went to school in Philly and lived there for a while after college and my favorite place to eat was a restaurant on the main line called Nectar. It’s an Asian-fusion restaurant that has the best edamame dumplings and veggie egg rolls with mango sauce. OMG. And their fried rice has a panko bread crumb breaded egg on top. It’s pretty magical.
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Susie @ Suzlyfe on June 4, 2014 7:50 pm

I loved the food in PGH when I visited in March, and I want to go back and delve further into it. I definitely loved the markets as well–great ingredients for great dishes! But I loved especially the distinctive character of each of the neighborhoods–it gives off such a great vibe and opportunities for small, innovative businesses. Definitely a fan!
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GiGi Eats on June 4, 2014 8:37 pm

The Capital Grille has been giving me suggestive stares EVER SINCE I moved to Los Angeles!!!!! I need to act upon his flirtation, ASAP!
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Arman @ thebigmansworld on June 5, 2014 5:15 am

I reckon, you would be the best dining companion because you’re willing to try anything….right?

You betcha I’m hitting you up when I visit the States…to discuss things that happened at camp.

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Cassie on June 9, 2014 6:30 pm

I had a dream I came to Australia and we ate kangaroo last night. Not even joking.

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Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan on June 5, 2014 3:11 pm

I would totally be dining at Shady Grove and Hello Bistro with those yummy salads! And also that tofu with boo choy looks bombbbb. And I totally laughed at “…for a city that puts fries on its salads.” Oh, Pittsburgh!!
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Cassie on June 9, 2014 6:30 pm

Good salads are hard(ish) to find here but those two are the bombbbbb.

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on June 5, 2014 3:56 pm

SO MANY GOOD RESTAURANTS. Shady Grove is my favorite duh but I love Hello Bistro too! Still need to try Allegheny Coffee Company and now you’re making me want [another] iced coffee.
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Kylie @ immaeatthat on June 5, 2014 3:56 pm

Never been to Pittsburgh, but gah I want that Chicken Meatball Ramen and the iced chai tea. Looks so delish.

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Cassie on June 9, 2014 6:29 pm

Come visit and I will be sure you get both! :)

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Matt @ Runner Savvy on June 6, 2014 8:06 pm

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[…] dumb. If there is anything lavender on the menu, I have to buy it (i.e. lavender iced chai from Allegheny Coffee Company). Lavender is also my favorite scent and hell hath no fury than me when L’Occitane is out of […]

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